Thank you so much for your support - I am humbled and deeply grateful for the opportunity to continue the work we’ve begun. 

let's keep getting better

I ran for mayor in 2014 because I grew up here and believed we could do more to make Whitby and Brooklin a place we all love to call home. Four years later, we have more local jobs and investment, safer streets, a growing economy and smarter growth for our historic downtowns.

As the leader of a town in transformation I want to ensure that we realize all the promise of a bright future while maintaining the small town feel we all value. 

From our downtowns to our neighbourhoods to our trails, parks and beautiful waterfront we must ensure that our town remains the community of choice for residents of all ages and becomes the destination of choice for visitors from across the GTA.  

Thank you for your support, and for putting your faith in me. I’m honoured to have the opportunity to lead the new council team that will build a better town and a brighter future. 

Let's keep getting better - together.

The Plan


We must continue to prioritize neighbourhoods that are walkable, bikeable and provide a range of housing options for families, young professionals, seniors - anyone who wants to call Whitby home.

Continued investment in both rapid, affordable public transit and our active transportation network is critical.   I will continue to push for removal of tolls on the 412 and a reduction of 407 tolls to increase usage and ease congestion on Regional roads and keep Whitby moving.


Local jobs are a priority.  My focus is to continue to grow our Innovation District and to work with the Province to capitalize on available employment lands west of Highway 412.

We must capitalize on our success in bringing major attractions like iFly, Reptilia, Le Nordik Spa and Playdium East to Whitby in order to develop our Tourism sector.


We have two historic downtowns and I am determined to make them the social and cultural hearts of our community - places for people to eat, drink, shop and explore.


I am committed to the continued stewardship of parks, trails, conservation areas and other green spaces and the smart, sustainable development of our waterfront.

"grade a" leadership

What does Whitby think of Don's leadership?

In the Whitby This Week's yearly report cards, Don has consistently been the highest rated member of Council.


"Mayor Mitchell has proven himself as a strong and effective leader evidenced by council’s progress in achieving its goals. This year has been especially productive with numerous projects on the go, including the long-awaited downtown fire hall redevelopment... and greater investment in technology and innovation to bring jobs to the community."

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"Mayor Mitchell’s business-like approach to leadership keeps council running like a well-oiled machine... as they work toward a bold vision for Whitby, reinforced by the mayor’s determination to see it come to fruition... His desire to address development opportunities in a more forward-thinking manner will play a major role in shaping the town’s future."

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"Mitchell hit the ground running in his first term, bringing tremendous knowledge and experience to the top job. His positive vision for Whitby’s future is woven throughout the list of eight council goals for 2014 to 2018 -- a bold initiative he spearheaded... His decisiveness and focus on achieving measurable results will be vital in upcoming years..."

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